Logistics Publications


The First Lessons Learned: ELD

Posted on May 22, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

     Two months have passed since the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate has been strictly enforced, and changes have been noticed not only in the lives of shippers, carriers, and enforcers but in market trends as well. While it is still early in the process; there are valuable things that can be learned and applied in the future, to improve situations as the kinks are worked out of the enforcement system.Shippers:     The trucking capacity decrease has resulted in higher rates, causing many companies to stockpile inventories in response to fears of trying to meet... Read More

Brazil Strikes Affect Imports

Posted on May 09, 2018. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

Brazilian federal tax auditors will be on strike from May 8, to May 10 and from May 15, to May 17, as they dispute salary bonuses.Customs will be affected at Brazilian ports and airports, which will lead to delays.One way to mitigate delays is to make sure that all documentation (invoices, bills of lading, etc.) are filled out correctly.If you have freight headed to Brazil, or if you would like more information about the customs process please contact us at allyncustoms@allynintl.com.About Allyn InternationalAllyn International is dedicated to providing high quality, customer centric services and solutions for... Read More

Boosting Rail Infrastructure – One State at a Time

Posted on May 08, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

     When you think of U.S. freight transportation what modes come to mind? Trucking? Air? We tend to forget about the not so distant cousin – rail. There is one company that certainly has not forgotten – Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific Railroad has been investing millions back into state rail infrastructures in the 23 western states they operate in. Their 2018 goal is to invest over $3 billion back into the company. The investment will focus on safety, efficiency in operations and customer service initiatives.     From 2011 to 2014 the Union Pacific Railroad oversaw an expansion, investing $400 million... Read More

The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Automation within Supply Chain Management

Posted on April 12, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Supply Chain Management is now embarking on the George Jetson era; within that cartoon, it embodied robots and flying computerized cars. Pioneer companies such as Tesla debuting and developing autonomous trucks that can complete 500 miles in one charge with the ability to carry up to 80,000 lbs of cargo. Although a driver is still required to be behind the wheel of the autonomous trucks technological pioneers, such as Tesla, may minimize the number of drivers required within supply chain management.The future of automation is here especially with more companies willing to invest in technology and automation. McCrea (2018) found, “According... Read More

Drayage Capacity Issues

Posted on April 04, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

The term drayage refers to the transport of goods over shorter distances. An example would be a truck shipment picking up at a seaport, border crossing, or inland terminal and delivering to a location within the same area. And even though the drayage covers very little mileage, it is responsible for a disproportionate amount of transport cost and delays.Drayage rates are currently up as much as 30% over last year, and there are many current issues causing U.S. ports to struggle with drayage. Drayage is affected by any current capacity issue being faced by the trucking industry, some examples... Read More

The Loss of Ocean Containers at Sea

Posted on April 02, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Over the years there has been much speculation about how many sea containers are lost at sea each year. The numbers have ranged from 500 to 10,000 but, no one could give an accurate count. In 2011, the World Shipping Council (WSC) began gathering information from shipping companies and have published their results. Just how many containers are lost each year?  You may have seen reports in the news. For example, in 2011 when the vessel MV Rena lost approximately 900 containers when it ran aground and sank off the coast of New Zealand. Or in 2013, when the vessel MOL Comfort sank in... Read More

Duties on Steel and Aluminum

Posted on March 09, 2018. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

President Trump signed two Presidential Proclamations yesterday – one on steel imports and one on aluminum imports.  The President is imposing an additional 25% duty on steel, and an additional 10% duty on aluminum, imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico beginning on March 23, 2018.The breakdown is as follows:Steel Dutiesthe 25% additional duty will apply to “steel articles” imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico as of March 23, 2018; “steel articles” are defined by reference to Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6-digit subheading, as follows:  “7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions... Read More

The LTL Sector of Trucking

Posted on March 08, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

In today’s market of “I want it now”, the LTL sector of trucking will see spectacular growth in 2018. With the demand of wanting more frequent and smaller deliveries, the LTL sector will have to adapt by purchasing different types of equipment and adding expedited and guaranteed services. E-commerce consumers and manufacturers are impacting the LTL industry because of the impatience of consumers who want their products fast and frequently. With that being said, an increase in pricing for LTL may be due to increased regulations, fuel, and shortage of qualified drivers.Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL)... Read More

Rail Intermodal Transport is Taking the Lead

Posted on February 20, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Are you looking for a cost-effective logistical solution to meet your transportation needs? Rail intermodal services offer an environmentally friendly way of moving freight while significantly reducing your transportation spend. An easy shipping solution in which a truck- trailer or shipping container is transported by rail combined with a water or truck movement at one or both ends; typically avoiding highway congestion and reducing your transportation cost. According to the Association of American Railroad (AAR) in 2016, rail intermodal accounted for approximately 24 percent of revenue for the major U.S. railroads. We continue to see a significant growth in demand... Read More

“Green” Solutions in Sea Freight

Posted on February 16, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Ecology has been an international preoccupation for several years. Many countries are reinforcing norms and increasing taxes to help fight against pollution. Each year, fuel charges amount to between $6.15 and $12.3 million for each vessel. Therefore, some companies are looking for solutions to save on their fuel consumption. Recent studies show that cargo is currently creating as much pollution as 50 million of cars.In France, some of the former workers from Airbus Company have created a startup named SeaWing. Inspired by kite-surfing, the creators imagined a large towing kite connected to the vessels’ bow in order to reduce fuel consummation... Read More

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